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Shonda Rhimes is brilliant, we know, but the number one reason we stay tuned in to Grey's Anatomy is to get our fill of the show's sexiest star, hunky actor Jesse Williams. Today we countdown our top reasons for total devotion.
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Whenever Williams stops by the ESSENCE.com offices to pay us a visit he more than impresses our staff with his down-to-earth vibes and perfect manners.
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Although Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes fully respect’s Jesse’s skills as an actor, she’s no fool. During his time thus far as a main cast members, she has written just enough shirtless scenes to keep the fans happy.
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We’re loving those freckles! Absolutely adorable.
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Williams says he enjoys the success he’s had so far in acting, but would never take a role he felt misrepresented his integrity and commitment as a serious actor. Smart man!
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McSteamy and McDreamy who? We’ll be calling on Dr. Avery when we’re in need of some emergency loving.
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Williams was born in Chicago to a Swedish mother and African American father.
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Fascinated with African studies, Williams opted to fill his first years at Temple University with all the electives offered in the subject — even those that didn’t apply to his matriculation credits.
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One thing you might be surprised to learn about Williams is that he has a bunch of brains to go with all that beauty. Before acting he taught American Studies, African Studies and English at a Philadelphia public high school. Bonus points: He really loved his job!
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One look into William's perfect peepers makes the ladies feel faint.
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Jesse’s eyes are the ultimate distraction. We’re currently lost in them….Uh, what were we saying again?
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Williams keeps that body stacked by staying active — especially when it’s for a good cause.
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We’re loving how the almost any outfit brings out Williams' dreamy green eyes.
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Jesse’s smooth caramel skin is a perfect match to those lovely eyes.
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Although he’s rather shy about baring that amazing body for his for fans, it doesn’t change how much they love it when he does. (Wink!)
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Jesse is always giving back where it counts. Here he's posing after proudly donating one of his photographs to the “Art of Giving” silent auction for Holly Robinson Peete’s Hollyrod foundation.
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Even in sweats Williams make us sweat. Oh, boy, it’s really getting hot in here!
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We’re suckers for a great smile and Williams has us truly smitten with his boyish grin. Admit it, you are too!
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We’re always digging Williams' seemingly effortless sense of chic yet causal style.
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Before he was an actor or a teacher Williams modeled some during his early college years. Which is why we’re not surprised to see him always striking the perfect sultry pose.
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Jesse Williams equals gorgeous. Enough said.
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Williams doesn’t walk with security or an entourage. Despite the effect he has on his fans, he says he’s really just a “normal guy."
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Williams and his wife Aryn have been together since college and he calls her his “best friend" every chance he gets. In January 2014 they welcomed a beautiful baby girl.
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Although he had to relocate to Los Angeles to work on Grey’s Anatomy Williams misses he old digs in Brooklyn, where he says he enjoyed interacting with so many wonderful kinds of people.
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Because teaching was his first love, Jesse doesn’t get too consumed with the nonsense of Hollywood. He’s enjoying his success and avoiding unnecessary drama. When he does speak out publicly, it's always about social issuees, injustice and change. Applaud that mine.
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Six years ago when this photo was taken, not many people knew who Jesse was, but now thanks to “fine” work on Grey’s Anatomy his fans (especially female) are making sure his star continues to shine bright in Hollywood.
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